Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Free Trade Agreements

A workshop presented by the Kutztown University SBDC International Trade Program

The Kutztown University SBDC International Trade Program is excited to announce exciting options to learn about and explore the opportunities created by the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama.

We will host and co-sponsor a workshop on Thursday, March 14, from 9am - 12pm at our Harrisburg offices (3211 N. Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17110). This workshop is a good opportunity for those entrepreneurs interested in importing and/or exporting their products to Colombia and/or Panama.

 An alternative option for our clients in Berks County is to attend a live simulcast of this event at our Reading office located at the Berks County Community Foundation, 237 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601. Carolina Martinez, Director of our KUSBDC Latino Business Resource Center is a native of Columbia and she will be facilitating the simulcast in Reading. She will be able to help answer your specific questions about exporting to Columbia.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 Welcome & Introductions

9:15-Increasing Access to FTA Markets: Tony Ceballos, Director, Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service

9:40-Trade Opportunities and FTA Benefits to PA Exporters to Colombia--Nicole DeSilvis, Commercial Attaché, US Embassy, Bogota, Colombia

10:40-Short Break

10:50- Trade Opportunities and FTA Benefits to PA Exporters to Panama: Daniel T. Crocker, Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Panama

11:30-Open Forum-Questions on exporting to Colombia and Panama: Daniel T. Crocker, Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Panama, Nicole DeSilvis, Commercial Attaché, US Embassy, Bogota, Colombia

12:00-Seminar Ends

12:00-1:00-One-on-one sessions with experts, service providers and attendees.

Cost: $25 Continental breakfast will be provided.

Registration: Click here For more information please email: sbdc@kutztown.edu

Attendees of the workshop will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one sessions with experts and service providers to discuss the free trade agreements. There is no charge for the one-on-one meetings but advanced sign up required for 20 minute meetings.

Also available to SBDC clients:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers

TRADE MISSION TO PANAMA AND COLOMBIA JUNE 23-29, 2013

Colombia is a country in South America which has been growing at an annual rate of 5% for the past 4 years! Pennsylvania exports to Colombia grew 138% from 2005-2010. Colombia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S. as well as with the European Union. This FTA provides preferential or zero tariffs for U.S. products and services. Some of the industries in demand for U.S. products are:

Oil and Gas Machinery, Environmental, Transportation and Infrastructure, Construction and Mining Equipment, Telecommunications Equipment, Information Technology, Military Equipment, Automotive parts, Electrical Power Systems, Food Beverage Processing, Packaging Equipment, Medical Equipment and Education.

Panama is: a country in Central America; the second largest free trade zone in the world; a logistics and distribution hub to trade with Asia and the Americas via the Panama Canal and the highest growth country in Latin America in 2011 with an impressive growth of 8%. Panama signed a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. on October 31, 2012. Some of the industries in demand for U.S. products are:

Agriculture, Automotive, Building Products, Computers & Peripherals, Construction Equipment, Electrical Power Systems, Financial Services, Franchising, Port & Shipbuilding, Security & Safety Equipment, Education, and Telecommunications Equipment.